Cuban skateboarding survives on donations and Olympic dreams | AFP

Without official support, with few resources often confiscated by the police, Cuban skateboarders skate on donated boards on artisanal ramps, but they hope that the Olympic debut of the extreme sport in Tokyo 2020 will reverse this situation.

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Nicaragua, new frontrunner on the world cigar market | AFP

Cuban entrepreneurs who fled the Castro-led revolution around 50 years ago spread their savoir-faire for cigars through Nicaragua and now this Central American country is one of the top tobacco producers in Latin America and leads the number of exports to the United States. For cigar-maker Nestor Plasencia, his company “gives joy to the people.”

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Cuba commemorates the French artist who painted Havana’s birth

As Cuba celebrates its 500th anniversary this year, Havana commemorates a French-artist, who is largely unknown in his native France, who immortalized the birth of Havana in his painting of the “First Mass”. Considered a father of Cuban art culture, Jean-Baptiste Vermay also founded the first art school on the island.

How Arlan Hamilton Went From ‘Really Broke’ To Founding A Multi-Million Dollar Venture Capital Fund

Arlan Hamilton had a career in the music industry when she realized women, people of color, and LGBT founders were underrepresented in Silicon Valley.

Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, which has invested $5 million in 100 companies.

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Path cleared for Cuban exiles to sue

The Trump administration is opening the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution. (April 17)

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Today in History for April 17th

Highlights of this day in history: Cuban exiles invade Bay of Pigs; Three astronauts of Apollo 13 land safely in pacific ocean; Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84; JP Morgan born in Connecticut; Ford rolls out the Mustang convertible. (April 17)

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Havana sidewalk transforms into art gallery for XIII Biennal

More than a kilometer of a coastal sidewalk in Havana is turned into an art gallery as part of the city’s XIII Biennal arts event, which is expected to bring together some 500 Cuban artists and 300 more from around the world. The project named ‘Behind the Wall,’ comprising works of more than 60 artists, is one exhibit in the month-long event.

Female-Owned Cigar Company Celebrates Cuban Women

Twin sisters Yvette and Yvonne started their own brand of cigars, called Tres Lindas Cubanas. Since then, they’re often the only Afro-Cuban women in a room full of men. Their three cigar blends pay homage to Cuban women. La Clarita. La Mulata. And La Negrita — all Spanish words used to describe skin tones of women.

They sell their blends on their website, shipping across the country to all 50 states, and in local shops. But it all started with an investment of $500. As first-generation Americans, it’s important for them to stay connected to their roots. They lead trips to Havana and take people through plantations and factories of Cuban cigars.

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